“Protest, Policy, and Dismantling the Prison Industrial Complex” - An Evening with Baltimore Community Leader, Dayvon Love


Dayvon Love is a Baltimore-based political organizer and  Director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, a grassroots think tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people.

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Since 2010, Dayvon and LBS have led many successful organizing and legislative efforts:

• pressured the state of Maryland to disband its plans to build a juvenile jail in East Baltimore for youth charged with adult crimes
• supported the passage of Christopher’s law in 2014 which requires police officers to be trained in CPR, cultural sensitivity, the proper use of force and interacting with the physically and mentally disabled (in response to the 2012 “choke-hold” killing of Christopher Brown by Baltimore County police) and
• most recently successfully fighting the bail bond industry to get bail reform in Maryland.

Dayvon is also featured in an HBO documentary "Baltimore Rising” which will air in Nov 2018.

Dayvon will be talking about lessons learned in both their jail and bail reform fights in MD and sharing stories from his book of essays, The Black Book: Reflections from the Baltimore Grassroots.

The program will also include Tania Vargas-Edmond from Initiate Justice who will talk about their current campaign, the Voting Restoration and Democracy Act, which they hope to get on to the November 2018 ballot. This initiative would restore voting rights to those incarcerated and on parole.

Tickets are sliding scale, $10 - $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds). All money raised will support Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle and Initiate Justice which is working both inside and outside prisons to write, pass and implement California state ballot initiatives to dismantle the prison industrial complex.


Accessibility Information

Event is wheelchair accessible. We cannot guarantee an entirely scent free space. We ask everyone to please arrive fragrance free to support access for folks who experience multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies. This means using only body products and laundry detergent that say fragrance free or unscented on the label and do not have scented ingredients.

November 07, 2017 at 7pm - 9pm
First Congregational Church of Oakland
2501 Harrison St
Reidenbach Hall
Oakland, CA 94612
United States
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